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Book : The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Second Edition) (2006)

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Second Edition)

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Publisher:Random House

Author(s):Senge, Peter M.

Published: 2006 • ISBN: 1905211201 • 464 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Paperback

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Summary

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Senge explains why the learning organization matters, provides an unvarnished summary of his management principals, offers some basic tools for practicing it, and shows what it’s like to operate under this system. The book’s concepts remain stimulating and relevant as ever.

Peter Senge, founder and director of the Society for Organisational Learning and senior lecturer at MIT, has found the means of creating a ‘learning organisation’. In The Fifth Discipline, he draws the blueprints for an organisation where people expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nutured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are contually learning together. The Fifth Discipline fuses these features together into a coherent body of theory and practice, making the whole of an organisation more effective than the sum of its parts.

Mastering the disciplines will:

  • Reignite the spark of learning, driven by people focused on what truly matters to them.
  • Bridge teamwork into macro-creativity.
  • Free you from confining assumptions and mind-sets.
  • Teach you to see the forest and the trees.
  • End the struggle between work and family time.

The Fifth Discipline is a remarkable book that draws on science, spiritual values, psychology, the cutting edge of management thought and Senge’s work with leading companies which employ Fifth Discipline methods. Reading it provides a searching personal experience and a dramatic professional shift of mind.

This edition contains more than 100 pages of new material about how companies are actually using and benefiting from Fifth Discipline practices, as well as a new foreword from Peter Senge about his work with the Fifth Discipline over the last 15 years.

Content / Structure

Introduction to Revised Edition

PART I HOW OUR ACTIONS CREATE OUR REALITY ... AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE IT

1 "Give Me a Lever Long enough ... and Single-Handed I Can Move the World"

  • Disciplines of the Learning Organization
  • The Fifth Discipline
  • Metanoia - A Shift of Mind
  • Putting the Ideas Into Practice

2 Does Your Organisation Have a Learning Disability?

  • 1. "I Am My Position"
  • 2. "The Enemy is Out There"
  • 3. The Illusion of Taking Charge
  • 4. Fixation on Events
  • 5. The Parable of the Boiled Frog
  • 7. The Myth of the Management Team
  • Disabilities and Disciplines

3 Prisoners of the System, or Prisoners of Our Own Thinking?

  • The Retailer
  • The Wholesaler
  • The Brewery
  • Lessons of the Beer Game
  • Structure Influences Behavior
  • The Learning Disabilities and Our Ways of Thinking

PART II THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE: THE CORNERSTONE OF THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION

4 The Laws of the Fifth Discipline

  • Seeing Circles in Causality
  • Reinforcing and Balancing Feedback and Delays: The Building Block of Systems Thinking
  • Balancing Processes: Discovering the Sources of Stability and Resistance
  • Delays: When Things Happen ... Eventually

5 A Shift of Mind

6 Natures Templates: Identifying the Patterns that Control Events

7 Self-Limiting or Self-Sustaining Growth

PART III THE CORE DISCIPLINES: BUILDING THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION

8 Personal Mastery

9 Mental Models

10 Shared Vision

11 Team Learning

PART IV REFLECTIONS FROM PRACTICE

12 Foundations

13 Impetus

14 Strategies

15 The Leader's New Work

16 Systems Citizens

17 Frontiers

PART V CODA

18 The Invisible Whole

Appendix 1: The learning Disciplines

Appendix 2: The Systems Archetypes

Appendix 3: The U Process

Notes

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements for Revised Edition

Index

Copyright 1990, 2006 by Peter M. Senge

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